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Petition urges Queen to strip Prince Andrew of Earl of Inverness title

By Neil MacPhail

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HRH Prince Andrew visited the Norbord factory near Inverness last year.
HRH Prince Andrew visited the Norbord factory near Inverness last year.

PRINCE Andrew's "car crash" of an interview about his friendship with a convicted sex offender has led to the launch of a petition calling on the Queen to strip him of the title of Earl of Inverness.

The online petition, launched on Monday, states: "Given the recent conduct of Prince Andrew in regards to his friendship with the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, we the residents of Inverness feel that it is inappropriate that Prince Andrew is associated with our beautiful city."

It was launched by city resident Matthew Davies who said he was horrified by Prince Andrew's "car crash interview" on Newsnight on Saturday. He said: "I think that him holding the title of Earl of Inverness puts a stain on our beautiful city.

"I just feel it is embarrassing to have someone like Prince Andrew associated with Inverness."

Prince Andrew has now said he will be stepping back from public duties after days of negative headlines.

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